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Joseph P. Rice

Joe Rice leads the Infrared Technology Group in the Sensor Science Division of NIST. His research involves developing novel systems for electro-optical instrument calibration, validation, and performance evaluation. These systems have included a NIST primary standard facility for optical power responsivity measurements (POWR) and portable radiometers for transferring NIST radiometric scales to other calibration facilities. Currently he is leading the NIST efforts in development of the Hyperspectral Image Projector (HIP).

He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), the Council for the Optical Radiation Measurements (CORM), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

He was awarded a NIST Bronze Medal in 2004 for developing the Thermal-infrared Transfer Radiometer (TXR), a NIST Bronze Medal in 2011 for developing the HIP, a NIST Bronze Medal in 2015 for his part of the development and calibration of the NIST Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR) which was launched into space in February 2015, and a Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2012 for leading the NIST contributions toward understanding sources of differences in absolute measurements reported by different Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) satellite instruments. He was awarded a National Research Council Post-doctoral Research Associateship in 1992.

Research Projects:

Hyperspectral Image Projector (HIP)

Primary Optical Watt Radiometer (POWR)

Joseph Rice


Sensor Science Division
Infrared Technology Group

Employment History:

1994-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

1992-1994, NIST, Boulder, CO

1987-1992, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL


Ph.D. Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

M.S. Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

B.S. Physics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA


Phone: 301-975-2133
Email: joe.rice@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-2950